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Plants to identify - grasses and some sort of monster

Hi there -can anyone help me identify this grass:


 And also this plant - it was a good 6 foot tall, but looked to be herbaceous rather than a shrub:






  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,992

    That herbaceous plant is Phytolacca americana, wonderful thing. Don't eat the berries.

    And Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra', I can't keep that

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra': I had that in my border for 2 years, but had to remove it as it spread like mad, for me it's a thug!

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    Luurve the grass.

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,332

    Many thanks - I knew you would come up trumps.  OH wanted me to go and hunt out the owner of the garden - I told him I knew a better way !!

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Sorry, Verdun!image I do like grasses, but I guess it makes a difference if you've got huge borders. Mine are only about 4 ft wide and the one the grass was in was only 8 ft long, so not enough room for a mixed border and the grass creeping through it all as well.

  • Japanese blood grass.

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